While sitting in a cafe in Bali last year, a random girl walked up and gave me this drawing. At first I thought, "that's pretty cool she took the time to draw a picture of me." Then I thought, "too bad it's me on my phone". It really gave me pause and made me think, but it didn't change my relationship with technology in any noticeable way.
Fast forward in time and more than ever I'm feeling a need to unplug and journey within. So, instead of setting off to Europe next week as was the plan, I'll be heading into a 10-day silent vipassana meditation retreat starting tomorrow. Should be interesting. 12 hours of meditation for 10 days straight. 4am wake up and 9pm bedtime. 2 vegetarian meals a day. No technology. No talking. Not even writing, reading or exercising. Just me with me. 😮
I'm sure there are definitely going to be some moments where I'm wondering why the heck I'm there or even tempted to leave, but I'm determined to stay and go deeper in the beyond. This journey of travel and discovery over the past 3 years has been about uncovering more of my authentic self, what I want out of life, how I can make a positive impact, and learning what's happening in this big old world firsthand. I've realized that after a while, it's time to lay off the pedal of the outside environment and take a greater amount of time for reflection and rest. Two things that have never been easy for me to make a priority. I hope to gain greater focus, awareness, and a deeper sense of just "being" with this experience. But who knows? I'm going in with as little expectations as possible and open to what comes. Peace out and see you on the other side... ✌
Do something that you love every day, even if it doesn’t adhere to your routine. Experience is the best teacher. Go out in the world and try something new, knock something off your bucket list, light your fire, step out of your comfort zone. Don’t you want to see what happens? 👍👉Tag someone who needs this in their life right now. 🦀🔥📸credit @studiobrainbow
It’s an incredible blessing to find a group of people who share common interests and have such a vigor and thirst for life that it inspires you even further to go beyond what you thought was possible for this life. Every day is a blessing. 🙏🌅 Tag 3 people who inspire you most in this life!
The gift of a great experience, waking at 2 am and setting out on little sleep, with a group of adventurers who are just as excited for the climb as you are. An incredible adventure climbing a mountain to see the start of the new day, within the challenge there's something meditative, calming, and exciting.
This is a classic scene in Indonesia. Tradition mixed with everyday life. Wouldn't you love to experience new cultures and the exotic ways of life around the world? You can join us and if you stay up to date we have some major announcements coming up in the near future!
One of the best and easiest places to eat healthy is Ubud, Bali. @alchemybali has an amazing salad bar with a wide array of good food selections. Eating and being healthy is a key pillar of Vybrant Life. Stay tuned in for ways you can become your most authentic self.
This is Molly! She's a fellow Minnesotan that we met with here in Bali. It's truly amazing the people you meet when you set out around the world. You never know who's out there until you, yourself, are out there too! Thanks Molly for meeting with us, good luck in Tibet and Happy Birthday!
We woke at 4am to see the beautiful views from the temple on the east side of the island and enjoyed spending the rest of our day on the gorgeous white sand beach sipping coconuts. Wouldn’t you like to join us?? Keep in the loop for some big announcements!